May 23, 2015 2:52 PM
Civil War-era music returns to its roots in New Hampshire
The Associated Press
CONCORD — Civil War-era music arranged for one of the Union Army's best regimental bands is returning to its New Hampshire roots.
The Third Regiment Band of the New Hampshire Volunteers was one of hundreds of bands mustered during the war to entertain troops and carry stretchers as needed. It was largely recruited from the Concord village of Penacook. Most of its members later ended up in the 2nd Brigade Band stationed at Port Royal Island in South Carolina, where their reputations as musicians grew under the direction of Concord's Gustavus Ingalls.
The selections he compiled into hand-written books are considered some of the finest band arrangements of popular mid-19th century music.
This weekend, a Pennsylvania-based band is bringing that music back to New Hampshire for free concerts hosted by the Penacook Historical Society.
Concerts are scheduled Sunday in Hopkinton at 2 p.m. at the Contoocook bandstand and at 7 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium. The band will also do a brief performance at North Cemetery as part of Concord's Memorial Day commemoration at 9 a.m. on Monday.